Carol Amato says poetry has allowed her to assume many lives—the earliest being (at age five) ringmaster of the Barnum & Bailey circus and the latest (to date) as a “lifer” (life-long) waitress. In between, she has “experienced” life as a prisoner in a maximum security prison, a Thoreauvian wanderer in the dunes, a woman of ill-repute in Sicily, and many other adventures. Her real life experiences include being a language-learning specialist, a natural science educator, and the author of ten books for children about threatened and endangered animals (The Young Readers Series, published by Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., and Backyard Pets, Nature Activities Close to Home, published by John Wiley & Sons). Carol considers herself very fortunate to have both an active imagination and a way to make a living. She lives in Massachusetts.